Salad is the go-to lunch food for many office dwellers, but they also tend to find themselves starving and lethargic when 3pm rolls around. That’s because a lot of salads are just plain bad. Grilled chicken and low-fat dressing does not a satisfying salad make. Let me give you a few rules to creating a satisfying salad that won’t leave you hungry two hours later.
Salad Rule 1: Your salad needs to have at least one form of protein!
Salads without protein are just side dishes. Adding at least one form of protein will make sure your salad gives you sustaining energy, so make sure your salad contains something like:
Salad Rule 2: Your salad should have at least two forms of fat.
We know that unprocessed fat has a totally unwarranted bad reputation, but don’t forget that it’s also super satisfying. Add two of the following forms of fat to your salad for ultimate satisfaction:
olive oil (in a dressing)
nuts (can count as fat or protein)
cheese (can count as fat or protein)
Salad Rule 3: Avoid low-fat, processed dressings.
The best dressing is one you make yourself with olive oil, some form of vinegar, lemon, and whatever herbs and spices you like. I love homemade Greek dressing, and you can make one easily by mixing olive oil, spices like garlic powder, dried oregano, basil, pepper, salt, onion powder, Dijon-style mustard, and red wine vinegar.
Salad Rule 4: Avoid empty carb add-ons like croutons, sesame sticks, tortilla strips, etc.
These will do absolutely nothing to make your salad more satisfying, and they just add carbs and calories. You’re better off adding crunchy nuts of spicy guacamole if you want more texture/flavor.
Does anyone pay attention to the green vs. red Gchat statuses?
Like for example, if someone’s name is in red (implying they’re busy), does that actually deter you from sending them a message? “Blablabla is busy. You may be interrupting.” Whatever dude…
I don’t care what color you are or if you have some lame self-important Gchat status like ‘client meeting’. If you’re online and logged in, it’s fair game to bother you. And if you are actually busy, then get off Gchat, you goober!
I’m back from Houston and my 5-day blogging hiatus. I hope ya’ll had a great weekend and that everyone on the East Coast was able to take advantage of the beautiful warm weather that decided to disappear as SOON as I got back to DC. Womp womp.
Anywho, our girls trip was so much fun and, frankly, I’ve been really homesick for Texas since we got back late Sunday night. Missing my fam, the heat and everything else that makes home so wonderful. Here are just a few of our trip highlights:
(apologies in advance for this longer-than-life post)
We picked out some new boots at my favorite Western store Cavender’s:
Posed for cheesy pictures in front of Reliant Stadium:
Cheered on all the sexy cowboys:
Learned way more about livestock production than we ever wanted to:
Rocked out to an incredible live performance by Zac Brown Band:
"Do you work at the Pentagon? Are you the girl I made out with at the Bagel Ball?"
Best message-accompanying Facebook friend request ever!
Sadly, I’m not this dude’s long lost lover, nor have I ever attended the Bagel Ball, which is apparently a big club night for Jewish singles in the Houston area. I declined his tempting request to be Facebook friends, but not before I wished him the best of luck in finding his mystery Bagel girl.
When I get fixated on something I want, it becomes all I can think about. My recent obsession? Ruffled bedding. I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect duvet cover/quilt/coverlet/bedspread, that is a) machine washable, b) affordable and c) adorable. Here are my five favorites so far:
Charlottesville: A Little History and Lots of Food
Andrew and I had a blast during our short 24-hour jaunt to Charlottesville.
After battling through typical DC traffic, we left Saturday morning and made it down to C-ville just in time for lunch at Bellair Market, a sandwich shop connected to a gas station near the UVA campus. Per the cashier’s suggestion, we got the Ednam and Farmington sandwiches, both of which were made with delicious smoked turkey and fresh avocado on warm french rolls. So good. Perfect start.
Next stop was Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famous mountaintop estate, where he lived with his family and slaves between 1772-1826. We took the more intimate ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’, during which we got to poke around the second and third floors of the house, see the bedrooms, the Dome room and the Nursery. We thought the whole place was really fascinating and definitely learned a lot, maybe even more than we needed to.
In typical tourist fashion, we bought a few knick-knacks at the gift shop and we’re pleasantly surprised to get a real $2 bill back in change, a Thomas Jefferson souvenir in and of itself.
Later that night, we gussied up and headed to dinner at Continental Divide, a small, but hoppin Mexican joint that came highly recommended by UVA alumna Malarie. Finding the place was kind of challenge, since the only thing indicating it’s an actual restaurant is a bright neon sign that says ‘Get In Here’:
And that we did. Everything we ordered totally hit the spot: goat cheese nachos, chicken and veggie fajitas, a Santa Fe Enchilada and house margaritas. I was impressed. Excellent tip, Mal!
After dinner activities involved bar-hopping around the ‘Downtown Mall’ (Zocalo, Miller’s and South Street Brewery) and a delicious cinnamon sugar crêpe from The Flat, a basement crêperie shack that Mary Anne suggested we try. I’d have a taken picture, but it was gone in near milliseconds. Oops.
When we woke up Sunday to rainy, dreary weather, we decided to forgo our vineyard tour and ended up sleeping in until NOON (a true triumph for early-risers like us). Before heading home, we stopped by the ‘legendary’ Bodo’s Bagels, another local hotspot everyone said we had to try, and absolutely fell in love with their Everything Bagel. I regret not getting a few to-go. A place as good as this would do so well in DC.
All in all, I thought Charlottesville was a very cool place… the perfect balance of small-town historic charm and a trendy college scene. If you haven’t been, I think it’s definitely worth a visit. I can’t wait to go back for this pretty girl’s Bachelorette Party in June!